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My name is Sam Tiberi. I was born and raised in Butler, Pennsylvania and I‚ve always been in the shoe business. The shoe repair business, I should say. I started that out as a young kid, it was a novelty thing because I was shining shoes, just a little fella. But I learned to be a shoe repairman and I was a Journeyman then. Never ran out of a job. Came to Oceanside one night, needed my shoes fixed for inspection and the fellow that owned the place said he was too busy, couldn't do it. I said, ‚Would you mind if I did them myself‚? Of course, he looked at this wise guy nineteen year old. ‚Sure. Go ahead‚, and he watched me. He said, ‚Well, you‚ve done that before‚. ‚Oh, yeah. Once or twice, you know‚. And then, ‚Well, why don't you come to work here‚? Well, I didn't know you could do that and still be in the Navy. So I started moonlighting there. Worked through that. Well, as time went on, I got married and stayed in Oceanside with them and then didn't want to stay there too much longer. It was two brothers and [they] didn't want to work there, so I told the one, the older, brother, ‚Why don't you buy this little shoe shop in San Clemente‚?; which a little Englishman that was a draftsman started the shoe shop but really didn't know how to fix shoes. Long story short - I went to two of the suppliers that he owed money to and I said I would assume his bills, which were a couple hundred dollars a piece, if they would let me take over the shop. Well, they had nothing to lose because they weren't getting anything from him. This is December 1953. Opened up Little Sam‚s Shoe Repair and stayed in that building which in only about twelve by fourteen. It was very small. But, at that time, there was many thousands of Marines at Camp Pendleton so I start repairing Marine boots. And we would get them in a company at a time, two hundred to two hundred and fifty pair in an evening. So I would take care of the local business during the day then fix boots all night long. But we expanded from there down to another store down the street just a little ways, but that was unfortunate because then there was a beauty shop there and the owner lived upstairs. Well, I was trying to fix shoes at two [or] three o‚clock in the morning and that didn't go over too good. Anyhow, time went on and we moved into where the post office is now. And in order to do that, to pay the extra rent, I put in some shoes. Well, thank the good lord [and the] good people of San Clemente, it became a success. We‚ve got a good shoe business and shoe repair business. 1963, I moved into where I am now. Dropped anchor. I have my two sons working with me.